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Bob Brenly won’t return to Cubs broadcasts in 2013

Oct 17, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

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There’s been speculation for the past few weeks that Bob Brenly might leave the WGN booth for an opening as a broadcaster for the Diamondbacks.

And it appears we’re indeed headed that way.

According to ESPNChicago.com, Brenly informed the Cubs on Wednesday that he will not be back in 2013 and will “seek another baseball broadcasting position.” As in, the one in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 59-year-old Brenly, who had been with WGN since 2004, won a World Series as manager of the Diamondbacks in 2001. He was in the team’s broadcast booth for their debut season in 1998.

“Bob Brenly was a tremendous part of the Chicago Cubs broadcast team for eight years and we will miss his smart analysis, as well as his outgoing personality in the broadcast booth,” Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney wrote in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Brenly’s former partner at WGN, Len Kasper, offered support about an hour ago on Twitter:

  1. Alex K - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    This stinks. I’ll miss Bob on the Cubs broadcasts.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Alex: Although it pangs me to admit it…I too will miss him during the Cardinals/Cubs broadcasts.
      Arizona’s gain I suppose.

  2. ibleedroyalblue - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    That does stink. I’ll miss him.

  3. xpensivewinos - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    So does Grace go to Chicago?????

    • Alex K - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      No thanks.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      Unfortunately, probably not. Gracie has serious legal issues to deal with resulting from multiple DUI arrests. That’s why he was let go from Arizona.

  4. ibleedroyalblue - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Oh please no. Not Grace.

  5. Uncle Charlie - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Ryan Sandeburg, Greg Maddox, Kerry Woods, maybe bring Santos to TV?

    • Alex K - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      You know Ron Santo dies almost 2 years ago, right?

      • Alex K - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

        *died

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

        Seems pretty evident he either knows nothing or is attempting to make some sort of joke. I mean, that has to be the case … right?

      • esracerx46 - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

        And who is this Kerry Woods fellow???? Wow

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Really Charlie? Santos? Ron Santos? Cubs 3rd Baseman? Ron Santos?
      They need to bring Ron Santos…former Chicago Cubs 3rd Baseman…to TV?

      • jdd428 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM

        Did you deliberately spell all of those ex-Cubs’ names incorrectly? Ryan Sandeburg?! Maddox? Woods? Santos? You’ve got to be mocking Cub-fan sports radio callers.

        And, by the way, if you weren’t joking – Sandberg is now on the Phillies’ coaching staff and hopes to be a manager in the near future. I’m sure he has no interest whatsoever in broadcasting for a 95-loss team.

        Come to think of it, that putrid baseball is probably what’s driving Brenly away.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      Ryno will be a coach in Philly next year; Maddox has a job with Texas; Woody would be good, but I doubt he’d be interested; and Santo is dead.

    • Uncle Charlie - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      They need somebody up there with Stonie, though.

  6. 13arod - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    i might not watch cubs again without him

  7. 13arod - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    i might not watch cubs again

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Hopefully, they’ll partner him with Russ Langer, the guy who’s been doing Las Vegas 51′s games for years. Double good for AZ if they do.

  9. 13arod - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    maybe they should hire joe torre

  10. 13arod - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    mayble they should hire joe torre

  11. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    This 13arod guy posts everything twice.

  12. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    This 13arod guy posts everything twice..

  13. therightisalright - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Maybe the Cubs can bring in Andre Dawson I see that Kerry Woods just pulled him out from the Wrigley ivy.

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